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A list of empty residential council properties

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Dear Kensington and Chelsea TMO,

I would like to request a current list of empty council residential properties?
Please include the void start date, reason/status and address.

Yours faithfully,
Tammy Jones

Daniel Asamoah, Kensington and Chelsea TMO

Dear Tammy

Thank you for your email setting out your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We are considering your request and we will endeavour to respond within the statutory deadline of 20 working days which is 16 August 2016. In the meantime if you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or on the number below.

Regards

Daniel Asamoah
Company Secretarial Assistant

t:  020 7605 6352

w:  www.kctmo.org.uk  
a:   346 Kensington High Street, London W14 8NS

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Company Secretariat, Kensington and Chelsea TMO

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Dear Tammy,

 

Further to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we
attach the number of empty properties currently available.

 

Under section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act, we are permitted
to withhold information if disclosure would, or would be likely to
prejudice the prevention and detection of crime. We believe that the
disclosure of addresses of empty properties in the borough would likely
lead to squatting and other criminal activity in and/or around these
properties.

 

If a list of empty properties were to be disclosed then these properties
would become more vulnerable to potential squatters and other criminal
acts such as theft and vandalism.

 

Section 31 is a qualified exemption so the Act requires us to consider
whether the public interest in disclosure outweighs the public interest in
maintaining the exemption. We recognise that there is a significant public
interest in the disclosure of Council information in the interest of
transparency and accountability. Certainly the Council are accountable for
empty properties in the Borough and we understand that information may be
requested to help bring these properties back into use, which would be in
the financial and commercial interest of the public.

 

However, we believe that there is a strong argument in avoiding the likely
prejudice to the prevention of crime. It is in the public interest to
protect property and to avoid the considerable public expense that would
be incurred dealing with crime associated with empty properties.
Furthermore, we feel that public interest lies in preventing the distress
that is caused to victims of crime. Residents who live in close proximity
will also be affected by crime committed in the area and they will have a
reasonable expectation of feeling secure in their homes.

 

Although there is a strong public interest in bringing empty properties
back into use, our immediate concern is the protection of property and the
well being of residents. Therefore we have decided that the public
interest in avoiding prejudice to the prevention of crime outweighs the
public interest in disclosure.

 

Should you be unhappy with the handling of your request, , you have a
right to complain  to the Information Commissioner who is responsible for
ensuring compliance with FOIA. 

 

Many thanks

 

Mrs Fola Kafidiya-Oke FCIS
Head of Governance & Company Secretary
The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Tenant Management Organisation Limited

t:  020 7605 6399

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w:  [2]www.kctmo.org.uk  
a:   346 Kensington High Street, London W14 8NS

 

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